Pepe 001 (comic strip)

•September 15, 2009 • 1 Comment

I’ve ressurected my comic strip creation Pepe but this time looking differently and with a family setting. I wish I could have this printed on a local newspaper someday…

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Pepe 001

original characters by Jose “pepesan” Arboleda Jr. Please do not use without author’s permission.

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“Planet Philippines” don’t impress me much

•September 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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It’s been almost a week since the airing of the eco-documentary that pretty much got my attention. Title pa lang, I thought when I first saw the promotional ad, may wow-factor na.

And throughout the week, I witnessed thru various media how people expressed their positive feelings for the said documentary. I, on the other hand, couldn’t help but wonder what it was that made Planet Philippines so good.

Honestly speaking, I thought it was a waste of time and money.

Sure, there were some parts that made me glue my eyes on the television but the bad parts far outweigh them and so I couldn’t remember the good parts now. Hmm…I guess only the scene where a black bird was sighted and for the first time (as they stated) was caught on camera for a longer time. After nun, wala na akong maalala.

However, pagdating sa mga hindi magandang napansin ko, I can dish out 4. Four things that make Planet Philippines a documentary that I’m not proud of, not impressed with and makes me go: WTF?! (forgive me) This is made by GMA7?!

One: The opening. I thought it was cliché. The host getting out of bed, the city moving on and on and on not caring about what is going on with the environment. That’s how students start a documentary about the environment—by showing the stark contrast between the industrial and the natural environment. Gasgas. And napanood ko na ‘yun sa ibang eco-docus.

Two: The script. Somewhere along the documentary, I thought the script started to sound like something I would have read on a book when I was in elementary or from another eco-documentary.

I cringed and felt so bad when the voice over went to say that there is one bigger threat to the environment (parang ganun yung lines eh) and then, a pause, then the voice continued…Man.

Gadz, ilang beses ko na ba narinig ang ganyang suspense kuno line? I was bracing myself for the word “man” and when it finally hit, ayun sapul ako sa gut at hindi ko nagustuhan ang pakiramdam ng pangingilabot. C’mon, who writes this kind of script these days?

Noong una, I thought, okay para sa mga younger audiences yung ganung script. But then, I realized na late na ng gabi pinalabas ang documentary. Sinong bata naman ang manonood nun?

I thought I was watching an old documentary only with new and updated images.

Three: Where are the Filipino environmental organizations? Nakatulog na yata ako kaya hindi ko nakita kung may binanggit o may na-interview. Meron ba? I remember the foregn scientists lang kasi, hi hi.

Four: The end credit. Sa lahat ba naman ang mapapakailaman ko, end credit pa? But from watching other documentaries—even I-Witness—hindi ko yata naalala na ang nakita kong images alongside the rolling credits ay shots ng production team.

Madalas, excerpts mula sa documentary mismo like interviews,  or voice-over or even just images that always make me look back at what I just watched. That way, nare-retain sa isip ko yung napanoond ko.

So I was very surprised to find the production team on the end credit. Naisip ko tuloy: Is this really an eco-documentary or ginawa lang to for the sake na may masabi lang? Pakiramdam ko kasi, hindi naging faithful sa laman ng docu…

Kasi nga, wala akong nakuhang bagong info. Wala akong natutunan na napaka-importante para naman I could also extend a helping hand. Wala akong napala. Puro cliche. As I have said, para akong nanood ng lumang documentary about the environment na may bagong videos.

Somewhere in the documentary, when the ocean and the corals were being shown, I remember blurting out: “Banggitin mo ‘yung Coral Triangle! Banggitin mo ‘yung Coral Triangle!” kasi I don’t think a lot of people know how important the corals in our islands are and how much of the coral population is present within our islands. Pero hindi nangyari ang inisip ko at doon ako nagsimulang ma-disappoint.

I think sometime last week, narinig ko’ng sinabi ni Richard Guttierez na may nag-re-request na gawing regular ‘tong ganitong documentary. Pwes, kailangan nilang galingan sa susunod.

So far I wasn’t impressed by Planet Philippines. Hindi ako makapaniwala na ang station na gumagawa ng pinakamagagandang Filipino documentaries na napanood ko ay nakagawa ng isang docu na kasing-boring ng Planet Philippines.

Of course sa bandang huli, kakabig ako para sabihing “this is but my opinion”.

*****JHAJR*****

Top 100 Songs 2001

•April 19, 2009 • 2 Comments

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Ten years ago, I had the idea of coming up with my own yearly top 100 songs. Since then, I haven’t stopped the enjoyment.

Wikipedia.com lists down some noteworthy events in music from the most unforgettable year in modern history and are as follows:

~ January 17 – Bass player Jason Newsted leaves Metallica after 14 years with the band.
~ February 1 – Jennifer Lopez becomes first female and artist to have both a number one album J.Lo and a number one movie The Wedding Planner in the same week.
~ March 14 – The Court of Appeals in Rome finds Michael Jackson “not guilty” of plagiarism, reversing a decision made in 1999 by a lower court. Italian songwriter Albano Carrisi had claimed that Jackson’s “Will You Be There” was a copy of his song “I Cigni Di Balaka.”
~ March 28 – Two super-mega hit albums : Hikaru Utada’s Distance and Ayumi Hamasaki’s A Best are released on exactly the same date. Their debut week sales are 3,002,720 and 2,874,870, respectively, setting the world’s #1 and #2 one-week album sales records.[1]
~ March 31 – Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown are banned for life from Hollywood’s Bel Air hotel and arrested after destroying their room. Property that was allegedly damaged included a TV, and two doors. According to Hotel Workers, the walls and carpets were also stained by alcohol. The Hotel closed down the room for five days for repairs.
~ April 24 and October 30 – Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson release albums in the same year, respectively. Janet releases All For You and Michael releases Invincible. Both albums would hit #1 on the album charts.
~ June 2 – Christina Aguilera scores her fourth number one single on the Billboard 100 for “Lady Marmalade” a collaboration with Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Pink. The video wins the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.
~ July – Backstreet Boy A. J. McLean enters a rehabilitation facility to deal with alcoholism and depression, as the Black & Blue summer tour is put on hold.
~ July 17 – Aaliyah’s long-awaited third album is released debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200
~ August 25 – A Cessna 402 aircraft carrying 9 people, including R&B singer Aaliyah, crashes in the Bahamas, killing all aboard.
~ September 21 – America: A Tribute to Heroes airs uninterrupted on all major networks. The solemn concert, only 10 days after the September 11 attacks, included performances by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Celine Dion, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, and others.
~ November 16 – Britney Spears’ third album, Britney debuts at #1, making her the first female artist with her first three albums to debut at #1.
~ December 1 – Backstreet Boys release the classic hits album, Greatest Hits: Chapter One.
~ The following bands disbanded:

  • Aqua (reformed in 2007)
  • Pizzicato Five
  • Savage Garden
  • Skunk Anansie
  • Spice Girls (reformed in 2007)
  • Steps
  • Backstreet Boys (Hiatus)

Top 5 Selling Albums of Billboard Year

  • Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park
  • 1 – The Beatles
  • A Day Without Rain – Enya
  • J.Lo – Jennifer Lopez
  • All That You Can’t Leave Behind – U2

Notable Hit Songs of 2001***

  • A Little Respect ~ Wheatus
  • Another Day In Paradise ~ Brandy feat. Ray J
  • Can’t Get You Out Of My Head ~ Kylie Minogue
  • Chop Suey! ~ System of a Down
  • Don’t Tell Me ~ Madonna
  • Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) ~ Train
  • Get Ur Freak On ~ Missy Elliott
  • Here With Me ~ Dido
  • Hero ~ Enrique Iglesias
  • I’m a Slave 4 U ~ Britney Spears
  • I’m Real ~ Jennifer Lopez
  • It’s Raining Men ~ Geri Halliwell
  • Just Like a Pill ~ Pink
  • Love Don’t Cost A Thing ~ Jennifer Lopez
  • My Sacrifice ~ Creed
  • Teenage Dirtbag ~ Wheatus
  • Thank You ~ Dido
  • Walk On ~ U2
  • Whenever, Wherever ~ Shakira
  • With Arms Wide Open ~ Creed
  • Wish You Were Here ~ Incubus
  • Wrong Impression ~ Natalie Imbruglia
  • Yellow ~ Coldplay

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Top 100 Songs 2001
Tabulation Date: Dec 24, 2001

Songs No. 100 ~ 091

  • I LAY MY LOVE ON YOU ~ WESTLIFE
  • ROCK MY WORLD ~ MICHAEL JACKSON***
  • CAR CRASHES ~ STANDFAST
  • THAT DAY ~ NATALIE IMBRUGLIA
  • LOVIN’ EACH DAY ~ RONAN KEATING
  • YOU GOT IT BAD ~ USHER
  • FALLIN’ ~ ALICIA KEYS***
  • U.G.L.Y. ~ DAPHNE & SELECE
  • JADED ~ AEROSMITH***
  • THERE YOU’LL BE ~ FAITH HILL

Songs No. 090 ~ 081

Songs No. 080 ~ 071

  • DAMNED ~ SHIMOLI
  • RUN FOR COVER ~ SUGABABES
  • DON’T SAY GOODBYE, SAY GOODNIGHT ~ BINOCULAR
  • ONE MORE TRY ~ A1
  • WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING LIKE THAT ~ WESTLIFE
  • THE PAINTING ~ 0 TOWN***
  • MAD SEASON ~ MATCHBOX TWENTY
  • I NEED YOU ~ LEE ANN RIMES
  • SURVIVOR ~ DESTINY’S CHILD***
  • DRIVE ~ INCUBUS

Songs No. 070 ~ 061

  • DROWNING  ~ BACKSTREETBOYS
  • FAMILY AFFAIR ~ MARY J BLIGE
  • ANSWER THE PHONE ~ SUGAR RAY
  • MY WAY ~ LIMP BIZKIT***
  • GIVE A LI’L RESPECT ~ WHEATUS
  • VIDEO ~ INDIA ARIE
  • ANALYZE ~ THE CRANBERRIES
  • SON OF A GUN ~ JANET JACKSON
  • NOBODY WANTS TO BE LONELY ~ RICKY MARTIN / CRISTINA AGUILERA
  • SOUL SOUND ~ SUGABABES

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American Idol-Survivor: Adieu to an inspiring Idol

•April 10, 2009 • 1 Comment

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April 9, 2009

Perhaps Scott MacIntyre‘s talent really came with his piano. This week’s performance night saw a different Scott – a spunky, guitar player. Unfortunately, his efforts were futile. The judges didn’t really dig him and Simon who’s known to like him from the start was offed by his performance and asked him to play the piano next time. Alas, there won’t be a next time for this one-of-a-kind Idol.

The song choice for this week was from the year the contestants were born. Anoop, who had been in the bottom three last week was asked to sit on one of the three stools again with Lil and Scott, even after the judges’ good comments during performance night. Lil who seem to have a problem with song choice was once again barraged with negative commentaries. But the two turned out to be lucky enough to go through next week’s round.

Judge Simon admitted after Scott’s performance that the decision was sliced in half. However, in the end, it was Simon’s words that sent him packing home. Judge Paula commended him on being a gifted artist as her final words of comfort.

I immediately saw Scott as someone who could get into the Top 12 not just because of his talent but because of his condition. I hope takes this the wrong way (because others may think it’s mere pity for his condition why he’s there) but if I were in the U.S. I’d probably be voting for him as well because seeing him on the stage – with his condition – is inspiring. Scott is not just an artist up on the stage. He’s a symbol of hope not just for people who pursues singing but to everyone who dreams of succeeding over things in life.

Scott is definitely better off with his piano. And being the first blind idol contestant, I believe there’s a great and wide path laid out for this guy.

Next week, 4 American Idol Survivors remain . Who will go next?

*****JHAJR*****

Robert Langdon is back!

•April 5, 2009 • 2 Comments

When The Da Vinci Code was released into theatres some years back, it was clear how much controversy it created especially among the Catholic community. This time they’ve got more reasons to shake in their boots with the upcoming release of Angels and Demons in movie houses this May.

A prequel to the Da Vinci Code, Angel & Demons introduces the character Robert Langdon with his first mission that takes him to the depths of Vatican City and where he discovers a conspiracy and a shocking revelation which I personally consider more jaw-dropping than that of The Da Vinci Code simply because it’s far more believable and realistic.

For more information about this movie coming in May 15, 2009 in the Philippines, go to http://angelsanddemons.com

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Rihanna’s Revenge

•April 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment

There’s an interesting online game inspired by the domestic violence issue between music stars Rihanna and Chris Brown. Just play as Rihanna and punch Chris to your heart’s delight.

Rihanna’s Revenge

Click here to play this game

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RX Year-Ender Countdown 2001

•April 4, 2009 • 1 Comment

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Monster Radio RX 93.1 closes each year with a list of the 20 biggest songs played by the radio station based on listener requests.  The Year-Ender Countdown airs during the last two hours of a closing year.

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The Year-Ender Countdown Top 20 is a production of DWRX 93.1

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